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Looking for an epic guided kayak tour near Orlando? Call 352-589-7899 and Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc will make it happen for you!  

Kayaking near Orlando is absolutely incredible. Rated "Excellent" on Trip Advisor with tours on 5 different rivers we offer a variety of guided kayak trips close to the Orlando area. 

Whether you're a beginner or an adventurous soul, into birding, nature, photography or just having a safe, relaxing time on the water...
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St. Johns River/Blue Springs (Orange City, FL) 
This historic river was once the highway for commerce in Central Florida bringing goods to the area by paddle wheel boat. It is now a paradise for wildlife. As one of the few rivers that flows North, several springs and tributaries join in to create estuaries for fish of all kinds. As you paddle over the clear waters of Blue Springs, it's like kayaking in an aquarium. The Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants, Alligators, Turtles, Garfish, Bass and many more species thrive here and call this place home. Just up I-4 from Orlando makes this tour a favorite! It's a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
St Johns River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
St Johns River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

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Winter Manatee Tour (Nov. - Mar. Orange City) 
Winter in Florida is a magical time. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful springs. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! Just north of Orlando, this is an incredible 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Winter Manatee I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Winter Manatee II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

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Extreme Blackwater Lake (Eustis, FL) 
Paddle through an enchanted blackwater forest to a beautiful lake rimmed with Cypress trees that are hundreds maybe even thousands of years old. These weathered trees tell many stories about the history of this land. Less than an hour from Orlando, Blackwater Lake is a 2-3 hour treat.
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary 
Extreme Blackwater Lake I $59.00 (2-3 hours)

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Rock Springs Run (Apopka, FL) 
This river meanders through enchanted forests as well as wide open savannas. The water is crystal clear and home to many types of fish and wading birds. You'll also have a chance to see raccoon, bobcat, turtles etc. There are many places to stop and relax or if you choose to, go for a swim. Being close to Orlando also makes this a great 2-3 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: Some Experience Necessary
Rock Springs Run I $64.00 (2-3 hours)

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Extreme Emerald Cut (Apopka, FL) 
This run takes you on some of Central Florida's fastest water. Paddle upstream to the top and let the river shoot you through the gap back to the bottom. This narrow river screams excitement and fun to the experienced paddler. The longer 4-5 hour run is a combo tour of the mellow trip past the old Florida Cracker houses to the savannah and the fast waters of Emerald Cut. Along with some wildlife viewing this is an awesome 2-3 or 4-5 hour Orlando Kayaking Tour!
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary
Extreme Emerald Cut I $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Extreme Emerald Cut II $94.00 (4-5 hours)

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Wekiva River (Sanford, FL) 
Three springs pour into this pristine river. The Great Egret, American Bittern, Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, as well as many other Herons and waterfowl flourish on this river. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker at one time called this home. These shallow waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of plants, fish and other wildlife. This Orlando kayaking tour is right off of I-4 and we are able to do a 2-3 hour tour or a 4-5 hour tour here.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Wekiva River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Wekiva River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)

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Silver River (Silver Springs, FL) 
Exceptionally scenic! Silver Springs which creates the Silver River is the second largest spring in Florida. Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of over 25 ft and it’s so clear that you can see the bottom. You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but a first magnitude spring makes the trip back a breeze! You’ll have a chance to see lots of wildlife; otters, wading birds, hawks, owls, raccoons, wild pigs and more. See giant garfish, armored catfish, bowfin and maybe even a monkey or 12. If you are staying near Orlando and want to experience one of the most beautiful rivers in Central Florida this is an unforgettable 4-5 hour tour or go for the full day, it's an extraordinary 6-7 hour paddle.
Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done ;-)
Silver River I $89.00 (4-5 hours)
Silver River II $129.00 (6-7 hours)

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We have packages for ages 5 and above and all of our tours are booked by reservation.
The prices listed here are per person, just add the tax and we are good to go.

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Kayaking with the Kids! January 2016

The St Johns was the river of choice today. With the kids in tandems we set off to find the Manatees and do some winter time paddling in Florida. Staying up close to the tree line we found four Manatees feeding among the water plants. There were lots of Snake Birds out sunning. Along with the Little Blue Herons we saw Wild Turkeys, White Ibis, Great Blues, Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets out and about. After our lunch break we headed back into the warm sun and then the Manatees really showed themselves! What a great group and a great day to be on the river.

Kayaking with the Manatees December 9th, 2015

Chris and Wendy brought their 2 young sons out for their 4th kayak tour with us. Today the St Johns River was all ours! In search of the Manatee. The boys 9 and 12 are quite the paddlers and very curious…drifting past sunning Anhingas, Purple Gallinule on the Water Lilies and Limpkins looking for that hidden Apple Snail. Upstream at the Manatee Refuge the Sea Cows were heavy and we had many close encounters. In the flooded swamps of Snake Creek we spotted a lone Barred Owl napping on a low branch. There were Turtles sunning and a few nice Alligators rounded out our fun.

From On Top of the World to kayaking the Wekiva River October 13, 2015

A perfect day greeted Barbara and myself on the Lower Wekiva River this morning. The Red Maples are starting to turn their Fall colors, there was a light breeze and glassy waters to paddle. The Kingfishers were sounding off, Phoebes calling out to each other and Gray Catbirds staking their territories. We also saw White Ibis, Limpkins, Great, Little Blue and Tri-colored Herons all out feeding along the rivers edge. There were many Turtles out sunning too. With the cool breeze blowing and the sun warming our faces it made for a great day. Summer is in the past, long live Fall!

Kayaking near Orlando August 10, 2015

John and Lynn brought their Grand kids down from NJ for a little Florida fun and we were able to show them the Lower Wekiva River. The Little Blue Heron was the dominant bird of the day today seeing all 3 phases. We also got to see the Great Egrets, Great, Tri-colored and Green Herons. The Osprey came crashing down into the river trying to catch fish for breakfast and then we saw the Wild Turkeys and Florida's own Limpkin, the snail eater. We stopped for a snack break then back in the kayaks as we headed off for a down stream drift. With that Florida blue sky above, it was a beautiful day to be on the river!

Kayaking with Florida's River Otters and American Alligators July 15, 2015

Two Floridians and one all the way from the Marshall Islands joined us this morning on Rock Springs Run. Being the first ones down the river always has it's special moments. The Alligators and Otters were the find of the day seeing several and some up close. The Alligators were just hanging around lethargically on the log as they usually do but the Otters being from the Weasel family they are hyper and active. They need to eat 15% of their body weight daily. If it moves and they can chew on it they'll be checking it out. The birds they started popping up here and there and we were able to see the Limpkins, Great and Little Blue Herons in the white first year phase and in the adult blue phase. Great Egrets, Anhingas, White Ibis were also spotted and numerous Turtles were out sunning too. Paddling on the spring fed rivers in Central Florida getting to dip your toes in the clean, cool water is like a summertime dream.

Our Orlando Kayaking Tour June 13, 2014

The Wekiva had a lot for us to see today. The bright green Duck Weed covers the slower edges of the river while the Eel Grass sways under your kayak. The Scarlet Hibiscus is in full bloom and the Turtles are out sunning on the logs. We had a Great Blue Heron flyby and there were others wading in the shallows. The Anhingas, Little Blue Herons, Moorhens with her young and Great Egrets were all out on the hunt for food and the Osprey flew over carrying a fish... Success! The Little Green Heron was out with her 3 new chicks and the overcast sky made for a nice day of paddling.

The crystal clear water makes for paddling nirvana May 16, 2015

We headed upstream through Emerald Cut today. It is crystal clear, sand bottom paddling nirvana. We stopped at Jimmy's island and Joe climbed the tree to give us a big cannon ball. The current that we paddle against makes for a true glide on the way back, it's like floating on air. Further down we saw two Wood Storks fly overhead and two Limpkins, one was sitting on the nest. A Great Egret was motionless in the weeds as we passed by, there were several Turtles out sunning and we even saw a few small Gators. The Swallow-tailed Kites are here now, they are a beautiful sight and with great weather and great friends it was a great time on the water!

The sights and sounds of the St Johns River April 21, 2015

Don and Anne came out today for a little kayaking on the St Johns River. We set off around the island looking for the wildlife and soon we came upon a Little Blue Heron in the calico phase. Next the Great Egret and Great Blue Heron showed up, they were out gathering breakfast just a few feet away from each other. We found a sleeping Limpkin and when it woke up we got to hear that distinct Limpkin call. A Purple Gallinule stuck its head out of the weeds and the raptors were out soaring too. The Bald Eagle, Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawks and the Swallow-tailed Kites are in too, they are always a sight to see. We followed a Gator upstream awhile and saw a few others out sunning. The Button Bush and Primrose are starting to pop. It's definitely Springtime on the river!